Meet the Team
David is a visual artist and curator based in Galway. He joined the TULCA team as Production Manager in 2014. Previous roles include Chairperson of 126 Artistrun Gallery and board member of Artspace Studios. David currently sits on the Advisory Board of 126 Artist – Run Gallery and has recently completed an MA in Arts Policy and Practice in NUI Galway.
Since 2007,Joanna has freelanced as a visual arts facilitator liaising with arts organisations, festivals, schools and communities nationwide to design and deliver a broad range of tailored workshop programmes. She has developed programmes for Earagail Arts Festival, Clifden Arts Festival, Schools Completion Programme, The Playhouse Children’s Arts Festival, LUXe and Artlink (among others). This will be her second year as Education Coordinator for TULCA.
Joanna graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast with a BA (HONS) in Fine and Applied Art in 2002 and is currently undertaking a Masters in Social Practice and the Creative Environment (SPACE) at Limerick School of Art and Design.
Hilary’s experience spreads across a wide span of art and craft related activity. From retail to project manager, facilitator, curator and designer. This year she will be graduating with a BA in Fine Art & Design from GMIT.
Living in the suburbs, and parent to four children, she is all too aware of the challenges involved in embracing a wider audience in the Arts. She prides herself on dedicating her energies to the inclusion of all, having worked with Galway Arts Festival, The Galway Community Circus, Babóró and her childrens’ primary school in Knocknacarra.
Much of Hilary’s passion centres around embracing green energies and promoting a walk-to-school policy where possible. With kids and teens in the house on a daily basis, she battles against the computer and gaming culture to encourage outdoor play and activities that promote an appreciation of nature, wellbeing and the arts.
Maria has been on board the TULCA Team since 2014. Prior to this she graduated recently with an MA in Arts Policy and Practice from NUI Galway (2014/2015). Since then she has gained vast experience in the arts working with Festivals such as Galway Dance Days and Cuirt International Festival of Literature. Currently she is working at the Galway Chamber as an Events Office Assistant.
Heather set – up Ace Media, a Public Relations company based in Galway in 2009. Since then Ace Media has gone from strength to strength, Heather currently works a publicist for many arts organisations in Galway, including Blue Teapot Theatre, Doire Press and joined the TULCA team in 2014. Prior to setting up Ace Media Heather worked as a TV producer for Bloomberg Television in London. She also works as a media Lecturer and holds a Masters in Journalism from NUI, Galway.
Heather is passionate about all things news and enjoys nothing more than starting the day with a news bulletin and ending the day reading latest headlines before lights out. In her work Heather is very involved in all media relations activity and being a Galway native not much happens in Galway without her knowing about it.
Jonathan is a Visual Artist and Film-maker who lives and works in Dublin. He has been exhibiting his work both in Ireland and internationally since 2006. He also works as a photographer and videographer for artists, musicians and festivals. Jonathan has been working with TULCA since 2007.
Laura is a freelance documentary photographer from Michigan, USA and has been based in Galway since 2013. After graduating with a Hon. B.A in Fine Arts and German, she lived and travelled extensively around Africa, Asia and Latin America. During this time she developed an interest in travel and documentary photography which has led her to work on various photography projects with nonprofits in Ireland and abroad including FoodCloud, COPEGalway, Prison Phoenix Trust and Foot2Afrika.
Since moving to Ireland, Laura has worked with the Galway Film Centre, African Film Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh. She joined the TULCA team in 2014 as Production Assistant.